Definition of rusticate in English:



  • 1British [with object] Suspend (a student) from a university as a punishment (used chiefly at Oxford and Cambridge)

    ‘Shelley was rusticated for co-writing an atheistic pamphlet’
    • ‘Besides the fine, Proctors can refer the case of any student who admits breaking University regulations to the Court of Summary Jurisdiction, which is able to impose a penalty of £500, or rusticate the member for three terms.’
    • ‘But, since I've been at Lincoln, three people have been rusticated and now there is a fourth.’
    • ‘Academic institutions are increasingly nervous about ‘exemplary’ punishments - expelling or rusticating discovered cheaters.’
    • ‘He was rusticated until May 2005, while he will not be allowed to return until next January.’
    • ‘How is it that all the students who were rusticated were Dalits?’
    • ‘He was educated at Rugby and at Trinity College, Oxford, where he was rusticated.’
    exclude, debar, shut out, keep out, remove, eliminate, reject, expel, eject, evict, rusticate
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  • 2dated [no object] Go to, live in, or spend time in the country.

    ‘a place to rusticate while other people made the decisions’
    • ‘A casual, rusticated set with hay bales, trellises entwined with climbers and gentle harp music played live, establish a mood for us.’
    • ‘Evans attempted to rusticate himself at his much embellished mud hut ‘Loggerheads' overlooking Rothbury.’
    • ‘After rusticating in Kigezi from 1978 to 1981, he migrated to Nairobi for professional reasons.’
    • ‘‘Just Folks’ is yet another Roth reversal: FDR's Civilian Conservation Corps was the actual (if benign) means of rusticating urban boys in the 1930s.’
    • ‘Stories of an encounter with the early Lincoln bestowed a special cachet, as if one had rubbed shoulders with a rusticated, prairie Solomon.’
  • 3[with object] Fashion (masonry) in large blocks with sunk joints and a roughened surface.

    ‘the stable block was built of rusticated stone’
    • ‘Above the rusticated north arches is another grotesque mask, carrying a pearl swag, also done in shells with a background of pebbles.’
    • ‘The three lowest horizontal bands of the lower portico's elegantly rusticated facade frame ten light and ventilation shafts for the basement, a flat keystone resting above each of the nearly square openings.’
    • ‘The building (Pl. I) is in the shape of an early Greek temple with rusticated walls.’
    • ‘When the arches were built in the 1840s, the stonework was rusticated patterned by hand to create a dimpled effect on the surface.’
    • ‘The eastern slope below Playfair's buildings has been pierced by a rusticated colonnade of battered piers framing large windows.’
    • ‘The middle portion of each tower uses rusticated brick with 1-inch radiused returns at the top and bottom of each band.’
    • ‘Details such as the rusticated stone of the entrance wall and the fact that this is carried through into the interior show the degree of care accorded by the designers.’
    • ‘On Bakehouse Lane, where the building turns the corner, a single-storey block faced in rusticated limestone was terminated by a small caretaker's house.’
    • ‘This was a terrible place where unspeakable things were done, but the facade was magnificent: a truly Sublime monumental rusticated Classical composition which powerfully symbolised its intimidating function.’
    • ‘Facades on all sides, except the south, are tripartite with a central projecting section and plain walls rising from a rusticated base and surmounted by a balustrade.’
    • ‘The exterior was formed with contrasting brick colors, while rusticated masonry and brick banding incorporating ornamental ironwork established the nostalgic feel and character of a turn-of-the-century ballpark.’
    • ‘A careful examination of the masonry of the portal reveals that the herms and their entablature are a later addition to the rusticated, round-arched doorway.’
    • ‘This was an attempt to suggest respectability, an effect emphasised by a large, rusticated entrance arch.’
    • ‘All architectural projections and rusticated surfaces are of reconstituted stone.’
    • ‘The windows are surmounted by rusticated wooden jack arches with superimposed keystones, and a heavy modillion cornice crowns the bold Georgian proportions of the facade.’
    • ‘That house was built with untreated rimu, with the cladding of the time, which was rusticated weatherboard, with eaves, with sash windows, and a corrugated iron roof.’
    • ‘His predilection for gray-greens, gray-pinks, pale ochers, browns, blacks and a luminous cobalt blue call up archaic Mediterranean origins, rusticated walls and early Italian frescoes.’
    • ‘The use of limestone for the water table, belt course, rusticated jack arches, and pilaster capitals is unique in Kent County architecture.’
    • ‘He could have designed a rusticated flat arch for the herms to carry, or even a simple Tuscan entablature without metopes and triglyphs, but instead he chose the Doric.’
    • ‘The massive rusticated base holds two stories of car parking.’


Late 15th century (in the sense ‘countrify’): from Latin rusticat- (having) lived in the country, from the verb rusticari, from rusticus (see rustic).